A condemned apartment complex in Mishawaka could come down soon now that the city started seeking bids on demolishing the Princess City Apartments.
Tenants were forced out on short notice in March because the building was deemed unsafe. Inspectors found water flowing over the electrical panel in the boiler room, as well as water in the basement, which they say undermined the structural integrity of the building.
According to Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood, “We hope that in the long to midterm to have that return to productive use so, we don't own the property so we will have to work with whatever land owner ends up being in place there and make sure it returns to a more productive use.”
Mayor Wood added that the apartments continues to be a “blight” and a “public nuisance,” requiring the city to continuously send out staff members to clear the property and make sure it is clean.
The city will officially open bids on May 21st, but before then, contractors can go on a walk through of the complex. Officials say they hope to demolish the building as early as the first week of June.
Mishawaka will pay the demolition cost but put a lien on the property to recover the costs. About $200,000 has been set aside to demolish the buildings, but the city will place a line on the property to recoup any losses.